Attempting Normal

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Spiegel & Grau #ad - But instead he woke up one day to find himself fired from his radio job, surrounded by feral cats, and emotionally and financially annihilated by a divorce from a woman he thought he loved. A reason that it is a superior example of an overcrowded genre—the comedian memoir—is Mr. Attempting normal is a deep, hilarious megashot of feeling and truth as only this man can administer.

Sam lipsyte   praise for marc Maron and WTF  “The stuff of comedy legend. Rolling stone  “marc Maron is a startlingly honest, compelling, and hilarious comedian-poet. Marc maron was a parent-scarred, drug-dabbling, love-starved comedian who dreamed of a simple life: a wife, angst-filled, a home, a sitcom to call his own.

Attempting Normal #ad - . Surprisingly deep. He tried to heal his broken heart through whatever means he could find—minor-league hoarding, cat fancying, accidental racial profiling, Viagra addiction, flying airplanes with his mind—but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back.

. National bestsellerpeople make a mess. Maron’s hardheaded approach to his history, the wisdom of experience.

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Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast

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Flatiron Books #ad - Molly shannon uproariously remembers the time she and her best friend hopped a plane from Ohio to New York City when they were twelve on a dare. Amy poehler dishes on why just because you become a parent doesn’t mean you have to like anybody else’s kids but your own. Bruce springsteen expounds on the dual nature of desperation to both motivate and devastate.

With each chapter covering a different topic: parenting, sexuality, relationships, success, childhood, failures and others, Punch becomes a sort of everyman’s guide to life. Full of stories that are at once laugh-out loud funny, tragic and powerful, heartbreakingly honest, Waiting for the Punch is a book to be read from cover to cover, joyous, but it is also one to return to again and again.

Public figures as you rarely if ever hear them: strikingly personal, surprisingly open, and profoundly emotional. Entertainment weekly"i’m british, so i’m medically dead inside, but even I can’t help but open up whenever I talk to Marc. Amy schumer recounts the pain of her parents’ divorce. He uses his honestly like a scalpel, and in doing so, cutting himself open in front of anyone he’s talking to, invites you to do the same.

Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast #ad - John oliverfrom the beloved and wildly popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron comes a book of intimate, hilarious and life changing conversations with some of the funniest, and most important people in the world like you’ve never heard them before. Waiting for the punch features the stories and thoughts of such luminaries as amy schumer, David Sedaris, RuPaul, Louis CK, Lorne Michels, Mel Brooks, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, Amy Poehler, Bruce Springsteen, Lena Dunham, Sir Ian McKellen, and President Obama.

This book is not simply a collection of these interviews, joys, triumphs, doubts, but instead something more wondrous: a running narrative of the world’s most recognizable names working through the problems, and failures we all experience.

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The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah

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Crown Archetype #ad - Maron riffs on beat phenomena with its sacred texts, established rituals, and prescribed pilgrimages. Marc maron is blazingly smart, rapid-fire, and very funny. Whether he’s a genuine prophet or a neurotic mess, he’ll make you laugh as you question the meaning of life. As his quest matures, pontificating on the timeless beauty of the Coca-Cola logo and even taking a trip to the Philip Morris cigarette factory, he reveals the religious aspects of Corporate America, where the workers puff their own products with a zealot-like fervor.

He spends some time exploring the dark side of things, conspiracy theories, as his obsessions with cocaine known to Maron as “magic powder”, and famous self-destructive comedians convince him that the gates of hell open beneath Los Angeles. By the author of attempting normal and host of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, ultraneurotic, The Jerusalem Syndrome is The Gospel according to Maron: a spiritual memoir of your average hyperintelligent, superhip Jewish standup comedian and seeker.

The jerusalem syndrome is a genuine psychological phenomenon that often strikes visitors to the Holy Land_the delusion that they are suddenly direct vessels for the voice of God. A brilliant and relentless screed. David rakoff, author of fraud “Marc Maron is the first crazy person I’ve ever envied.

The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah #ad - Marc maron seems to have a distinctly american version of the Jerusalem Syndrome, which has led him on a lifelong quest for religious significance and revelation in the most unlikely of places. In his brainiac-memoir-meets-hilarious-travelogue, he demonstrates the ability to tell a story with an extraordinary provocative intelligence that is regrettably shared by few.

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Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film

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Scribner #ad - The instant new york times bestseller from author, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, a “heartfelt and hilarious” USA TODAY memoir about coming of age as a performer during the late 1990s while obsessively watching classic films at a legendary theater in Los Angeles. Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, writing, comedy, informing his notion of acting, and relationships.

Clever and readable. Oswalt’s encyclopedic knowledge and frothing enthusiasm for films from sleek noir classics, to gory B movies, to big empty blockbusters is relentlessly present, to cliché-riddled independents, whirring in the background like a projector” The Boston Globe. After moving to los angeles, oswalt became a huge film buff or as he calls it, a sprocket fiend, absorbing classics, cult hits, and new releases at the famous New Beverly Cinema.

Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film #ad - Oswalt has a set of synapses like a pinball machine and a prose style to match” The New York Times. Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakable addiction. Set in the nascent days of la’s alternative comedy scene, silver Screen Fiend chronicles Oswalt’s journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective and a cast of now-notable young comedians supporting him all along the way.

More than a memoir, this is “a love song to the silver screen” Paste Magazine. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or sex: it was film.

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Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16

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Grand Central Publishing #ad - Rising young comedian Moshe Kasher is lucky to be alive. She stole them away from their father and they moved to Oakland, California. Only not officially. At that point, he had already been in psychoanlysis for 8 years. In fact, kasher later spends time in a Brooklyn Hasidic community. It's a hilarious memoir about the absurdity of it all.

When he was a young boy, Kasher's mother took him on a vacation to the West Coast. That's where the real fun begins, in the war zone of Oakland Public Schools. Well it was more like an abduction. Then came addicition. Brutally honest and laugh-out-loud funny, Kasher's first literary endeavor finds humor in even the most horrifying situations.

Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 #ad - He started using drugs when he was just 12. He was more than just out of control-his mother walked him around on a leash, which he chewed through and ran away. Those early years read like part Augusten Burroughs, part David Sedaris, with a touch of Jim Carrol.

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Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy

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Random House #ad - Sick in the head gathers apatow’s most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and incredibly candid collection that spans not only his career but his entire adult life. Here are the comedy legends who inspired and shaped him, from Mel Brooks to Steve Martin. New york times bestseller • named one of the best books of the year by the a.

V. Here are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood, from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman. Club • includes new interviews!from the writer and director of knocked up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a collection of intimate, Harold Ramis, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years—including Mel Brooks, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Seth Rogen, and Lena Dunham.

Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy #ad - At fifteen, he took a job washing dishes in a local comedy club—just so he could watch endless stand-up for free. It becomes an exploration of creativity, generosity, neediness, ambition, spirituality, and the joy that comes from making people laugh. Loaded with the kind of back-of-the-club stories that comics tell one another when no one else is watching, this fascinating, personal and borderline-obsessive book is Judd Apatow’s gift to comedy nerds everywhere.

Praise for sick in the Head“I can’t stop reading it. And along the way, something kind of magical happens: What started as a lifetime’s worth of conversations about comedy becomes something else entirely.

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Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt

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Scribner #ad - He remem­bers his teen summers spent working in a movie Cineplex and his early years doing stand-up. Then there’s the book’s centerpiece, spaceships, they will home in on one of three story lines: zom­bies, which posits that before all young creative minds have anything to write about, or wastelands.

Now, he offers a fascinating look into his most unusual, and lovable, with Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, mindscape. Widely known for his roles in the films big fan and Ratatouille, as well as the television hit The King of Queens, Patton Oswalt—a staple of Comedy Central—has been amusing audiences for decades.

Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt #ad - Oswalt combines memoir with uproarious humor, from snow forts to Dungeons & Dragons to gifts from Grandma that had to be explained. Readers are also treated to several graphic elements, includ­ing a vampire tale for the rest of us and some greeting cards with a special touch. Zombie spaceship wasteland is an inventive account of the evolution of Patton Oswalt’s wildly insightful worldview, sure to indulge his legion of fans and lure many new admirers to his very entertaining “wasteland.

”. Prepare yourself for a journey through the world of Patton Oswalt, insightful, one of the most creative, and hysterical voices on the entertain­ment scene today. Oswalt chose wastelands, and ever since he has been mining our society’s wasteland for perversion and excess, pop culture and fatty foods, indie rock and single-malt scotch.

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A Bad Idea I'm About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure

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Da Capo Press #ad - Chris gethard has often found himself in awkward situations most people, including you, probably would have safely avoided. The good news is now, thanks to this book, you can enjoy the painfully funny consequences of his unfortunate decisions at a safe distance. A bad idea i'm about to do invites readers to join chris as he navigates an adolescence and adulthood mired in hilariously ill-fated nerdom, and to take comfort in the fact that - as his experiences often prove - things could always be much, much worse.

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Greg Giraldo: A Comedian's Story

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Starkbill Publishing #ad - Greg Giraldo: A Comedian's Story #ad - The authors have researched his life and interviewed more than 60 people who knew Greg well – family, standups, friends, managers, and more – to produce a full picture of the brilliant yet complex figure who left the stage way too soon. This book tells his story, from his boyhood in Queens to his Ivy League education, to his decision to drop a law career to pursue standup comedy.

Greg giraldo was one of the most admired standup comedians of the 21st Century.

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Sleepwalk with Me: and Other Painfully True Stories

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Simon & Schuster #ad - It’s difficult to describe. Also, if there were naked pictures of me, you definitely wouldn’t buy it, though you might sneak a copy into the back corner of the bookstore and show it to your friend and laugh. Hello, i am mike birbiglia and I want you to read my book. You may know me from comedy central or This American Life or The Bob & Tom Show, but you’ve never seen me like this before.

This is my first book. And sleepwalk with me. Wait, that’s the name of another book. Too on the nose? Sorry. Also i’m not naked as there are no pictures in my book. Some reallY personal stories. But i tell some personal stories. I’m mike birbiglia and I’m a comedian. Let me dial it back. Stories that i considered not publishing time and time again, “Michael, especially when my father said, you might want to stay away from the per­sonal stuff.

Sleepwalk with Me: and Other Painfully True Stories #ad - I said, “dad, just read the dedication. Which i’m telling you to do too. Some of the stories are about my childhood, of course, some are about girls I made out with when I was thirteen, some are about my parents, and some are, about my bouts with sleepwalking.

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Food: A Love Story

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Crown Archetype #ad - Fans flocked to his new york times bestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinaryish. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. So why should you read it? Here’s why: I’m a little fat.

Kale. Stand-up comedian and author jim gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet “choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover” and decrying the worst offenders “kale is the early morning of foods”. What are my qualifications to write this book? None really.

Food: A Love Story #ad - If a thin guy were to write about a love of food and eating I’d highly recommend that you do not read his book. Bacon. Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind behind the wheel and the computer, or the bacon cheeseburger?”.

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